July 8, 2011 |
David Manilla, Michael Marino, and Robert Monestero. If this hunting party had a motto, it would be "Hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil. " Too bad only one of them, Manilla, is scheduled to be sentenced Friday morning for the November shooting death of Barry Groh. Manilla has pleaded guilty to two felony counts of illegal firearms possession and no contest to a misdemeanor charge of involuntary manslaughter. He faces 121/2 to 25 years in prison. To call Groh's death in Bucks County a hunting accident would be too generous.
May 21, 2000 |
It is no secret that many North Jersey residents are leaving for greener and less populated acres of South Jersey. That includes black bears. "Bears are coming back," said Patrick Carr, a wildlife biologist who heads the black-bear project for the state Bureau of Wildlife Management. "And they're getting into areas where they haven't been before. " How often South Jersey residents cross paths with the shy, black-furred mammals and whether bears are back to stay could depend on the outcome of a battle brewing over a proposal that would open the first black-bear hunting season since 1970.
September 23, 1999 |
The Montgomery County commissioners put $10,000 toward the cause of gun safety yesterday, announcing a program through which anyone applying for a gun permit or a hunting license here will be able to buy a gun lock at the same time. The program, which should take effect in about a month, aims to improve gun safety in the county by making it more convenient for gun owners to buy locks for their weapons, Commissioner James W. Maza said at a news conference in Norristown. "This is not about gun control; it is about gun safety," Maza said.
August 23, 1998 |
DiFilippo's General Store is here to stay - at least for now. Four months ago, Lennie DiFilippo and some of his lifelong customers braced themselves to say goodbye to the 77-year-old general store, one of the oldest family-owned businesses in the area. But now DiFilippo has a new spring in his step. Although the family is tight-lipped about specific plans, he recently peeled away the "Going Out of Business" sign. Renovations are under way. And DiFilippo is spreading the word to his customers.
January 11, 1997 |
Five or six years ago, Marjorie Zerweck says, she could count 16 or 18 deer using the salt lick or eating the corn that she puts out in her backyard. Now, she says, there may be one or two. "We don't have the deer we used to have," said Zerweck, who owns about seven acres in Middletown Township, Delaware County. Those who have collided with a buck on the highway or whose shrubs have been munched by deer might challenge her assertion, but statistics bear her out. After years of hand-wringing and heated debate by officials and residents over the proliferation of deer in the Philadelphia suburbs, both hunting totals and deer-density estimates provide strong evidence that the herd is being thinned out. "We think we're making progress," said Bob Boyd, assistant director of wildlife management for the state Game Commission, whose job it is to create a proper balance between people and wildlife.
December 5, 1996 |
In an area known for its wide, open spaces, one hunter decided to aim his sights in a subdivision yesterday, police said. The police and state Game Commission officials weren't pleased. Lloyd Blevins, 45, of Toughkenamon, Chester County, parked his truck on the first block of Eagle Way in the Watersfield development about 2:30 p.m.. Police say he got out and shot a deer that stood about 120 feet from a house. Then he dragged the deer to his truck. His hunting license was invalid, he did not wear orange on his head, and he moved the deer without tagging it, police said.
December 2, 1996 |
Along with the thousands of trained and licensed hunters who will take to the fields and woods today for the opening of deer-hunting season, a handful of poachers will also aim their sights. For Mike Doherty, an official with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the long hours needed to crack down on illegal hunters begin this week. Equipped with night-vision goggles and citation forms, Doherty will take to the woods, too. "It's important people know how to distinguish between a poacher and a hunter," he said.
August 4, 1996 |
The Pennsylvania Game Commission's 17-month attempt to gain legislative approval to raise the cost of hunting licenses continues to inch along. State Rep. Bruce Smith (R., York County), chairman of the House Game and Fisheries Committee, announced Monday that he was circulating two "working drafts" of legislation to boost license fees. An aide to Smith said that the drafts were not formal bills and that their provisions were not "etched in stone. " The drafts are intended to generate discussion on the part of lawmakers and sportsmen.
April 21, 1996 |
Number crunching. Economists do it. Baseball statisticians do it. Wildlife biologists do it, too. And if they want to do a good job of crunching, they need to start with good numbers. While information on some game species, such as deer and wild turkeys, is abundant when wildlife agencies estimate harvests and make decisions involving hunting seasons and bag limits, that is not the case for many migratory game birds. Now, in response, Pennsylvania has created a migratory game-bird hunting license, which will provide the names and addresses of hunters so biologists can gather data through hunter surveys.
December 13, 1995 |
Three ninth graders at Octorara High School have been given 10-day suspensions for bringing racist material into the school - specifically, a "license" to hunt blacks. Principal Henry Detering said two of the students had shown the papers to fellow students on the bus and at school on the morning of Dec. 5. They had obtained the material the day before from a ninth-grade friend, he said. Detering said his office learned there was a problem when several students, black and white, complained.